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June 28, 2012

Asus ZenBook Review

My trusted Dell laptop that I have had for 2 years has recently gone on the fritz. Looking at the laptops for sale, I knew that I wanted something that was more portable and small than normal laptops while also giving me the performance that I wanted (Meaning I didn’t want a Mac). This brought me to the conclusion of getting an ultrabook.

I had a few options in mind when looking for a laptop. I had heard good things about Samsung and I loved my Dell, but wanted to see how Asus, Acer, and Toshiba worked out for me. In the end, I picked the Asus Zenbook as my final choice. I originally wanted the hot pink one because it fit my obnoxious personality, but decided the extra hundred bucks and having to order it wasn’t worth it and settled with the original silver color.

I have never used or owned an Asus computer before. I knew they were a leader in motherboards, but I wasn’t sure about how well their other hardware would work. I felt like it was a good risk to take and after reading some pretty positive reviews, headed to Best Buy to test it out.

In my opinion, ultrabooks are amazing. They are so small and light, but still offer everything that I need in a computer. It’s a nice middle ground between a netbook and a laptop. The ZenBook caught my eye because of it’s aesthetic appeal. Brushed aluminum case and keys with a small slope from the back to the front until the closed laptop almost looks like it forms a point on the side.

The first thing I noticed about the Zenbook is that the keyboard will take a little bit of time to get used to. I type insanely fast (90 wpm) and the keys don’t seem to respond like I am used to. This might have to do with the fact that they are not as high as on a laptop, but I’ve used it for about a month now and have had less problems the longer I use it. The one thing that I do like about the keyboard is that there is no space between the keys. I always have a problem with small pieces of food or dog hair getting caught under my keys and this alleviated that completely.

Another issue I had with it was the touchpad mouse. It is all touchpad including the button part in the bottom two corners. There’s a tutorial (somewhere) and a place to change what all the swiping and tapping features can do. Getting used to that took some time, but once you are able to get the hang of it, the swiping features help out immensely. You can go forward and back on your browser, use Windows Aero to navigate through open tabs quickly, go straight to the desktop, among other really useful things. The learning curve was pretty steep, but I have to say that I’m pretty impressed by it now that I use it on a regular basis.

One other problem I had is probably more individual tech based. For some reason, any time my screen gets hot (from a hot room or the sun), the whole screen will turn white and I can’t use it until it’s cooled down. I’ve contacted Asus about the problem and they’ve sent me an RMA for it, but they don’t pay for postage or packaging so I’m debating if it’s even worth my time. That is definitely a reason for me not to get another ASUS, although I just built a Desktop with an ASUS motherboard and monitor.

Other than those main problems, I am in love with the laptop. It’s very lightweight and thin as well as sleek looking. I was looking for something that would be small like a tablet, yet do everything a laptop did and I have found it. I get a lot of compliments on it because it’s so cool. It makes me feel cool. I am so cool.

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